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Why are radiation and endocrine therapy sometimes combined to treat prostate cancer?

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Sometimes, patients receive hormone therapy in combination with external beam radiation therapy to treat their prostate cancer. For patients with intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer, studies show this combination is more effective at slowing the disease than hormone therapy or radiation therapy alone.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

Cancer Research UK.  

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

Cancer Research UK.  

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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